Tommy Lasorda was a pitcher in the MLB playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Kansas City Athletics but is most known for being the manager and face of the Dodgers for two decades. Lasorda began his career with Dodgers following his playing career, as a scout from 1961 to 1965. Then he managed the Dodgers rookie league teams, most notably the Ogden Dodgers for which he won three straight Pioneer League Championship from 1966 to 1968. Lasorda managed for the Dodgers in AAA starting in 1969, winning another championship before being promoted to third-base coach of the major league team in 1973. Lasorda coached as the third-base coach for four seasons, under Hall of Fame manager Walter Alston and turned down many manager jobs under the assumption that he was the heir apparent to Alston. On September 29, 1976, Alston retired, and Tommy Lasorda was named the manager of the Dodgers.
Tommy Lasorda managed the Dodgers from 1976 to 1996 and had a managerial record of 1,599–1,439. During his 20-year career as a manager, Lasorda won eight division titles, four National League pennants and two World Series championships in 1981 and 1988. Known for being a big part in establishing a great minor league system and his ability to develop players, Lasorda had nine players win the Rookie of the Year award while he managed the Dodgers. The first set of players to win the Rookie of the Year award under Lasorda were Rick Sutcliffe, Steve Howe, Fernando Valenzuela, and Steve Sax. All of whom won it in four consecutive seasons from 1979 to 1982. He then had four straight years where his players won the award again between 1992 and 1995 with Eric Karros, Mike Piazza, Raúl Mondesí, and Hideo Nomo. Lasorda retired due to health issues during the 1996 season, but he did manage that years Rookie of the Year, as well as Todd Hollandsworth, went on to win the award.
Upon his retirement from managing, Tommy Lasorda remained tenured by the Dodgers organization and became the longest-tenured of any person in franchise history in 2017, which was his 67th year with the team. Lasorda was inducted into the Hall of Fame as a manager in 1997, in his first year of eligibility. Fans of the Dodgers will always remember the great years of the 1980s and 1990s that were only made possible by Lasorda’s work managing the team. For those fans, we offer them rare collectibles that have been signed by the Hall of Fame manager. All autographed memorabilia that we offer is guaranteed authentic and will look amazing on display in your home or office.
Collecting Tommy Lasorda MemorabiliaTommy Lasorda Autographed Photos: Tommy Lasorda was known for winning and developing great players and we offer photos of Lasorda doing just that. Autographed photos of Lasorda include him celebrating with champagne with his player Orel Hershiser, that have been signed by both men. We also offer photos dating back to Lasorda’s playing days, along with others with the great players that he managed with the Dodgers. Every autographed photo of Tommy Lasorda comes guaranteed authentic.